Here’s Part 3 of the fantastic information I learned about migraines on Friday!
10) How do migraines affect children?
Triptans are a helpful remedy for adolescents, but children should try for natural remedies.
Migraines tend to be shorter in length in children than in adults.
Migraines are hereditary. There have been 5 genetic mutations and 12 variants identified with migraines. However, migraines are also modified by the environment, like stress or barometric pressure changes.
17% of children are affected by severe and recurrent headaches in this country.
11) How do migraines affect women?
- Women are three times more likely to experience migraine than men.
- 1 in 5 women will suffer from migraine this year alone.
- Over a third of women will experience migraine in their lifetime.
- Children are split 50/50 in terms of girls and boys who get migraine. However,by adolescence, more women have migraine than men.
12) Why isn’t there more migraine research going on?
- Part of the problem with migraines is lack of funding for migraine research. An important aspect of well funded research area is having a dedicated group of researchers in that field. For some reason, the headache research community is rather small.
- The NIH selects application for individual investigators, and it funds as many grants as its budget allows. With better grant scores comes a better chance of receiving funding.
- Dr. Landis is working on training migraine researchers how to put together grant applications that are more likely to be granted.
Did any part of this interview surprise you? Will you share it with your migraineur and non-migraineur friends?